January 3, 2017 Subject:
A very old-school vibe to the fall of 1984. Fewer of the new tunes and an apparent yearning for finding one's roots. Jerry was often quoted as saying from time to time he just knew it was time to start over - maybe that was in the air.
October 30, 2016 Subject:
I GUESS YOU HAD TO BE THERE
let me expand on a previous post ,i was at all 6 of these shows,there was def something in the air, a throwback to old dead shows where they were loose and trippy,i know i got dosed backstage and it seemed the band or a few of them might have been,but maybe not who knows.there was just an electric energy to this show no matter how many reviews say it sucked, sloppy, missed chords etc... it was classic dead,not afraid to go off on a tangent even if it lead nowhere,bobbys voice was obviously shot but im telling you i've never felt energy like during gloria,the crowd was cheering so fucking loud and jerry and bobby sharing a mic during the chorus and grinning ear to ear,jerry ripping the solo and trying different chord progressions,like i said i guess you had to be there to experience it,out of 180+ shows from 78-95 this was one of my favorites,not becuase it was the most technically perfect,or seemless or tight,but because it was the dead at their weirdest and goofiest,and isn't that what the dead was all about from the beginning anyway?
February 12, 2015 Subject:
I hadn't seen them do Down in the Bottom before. I'll have to do some history on this here tune.
November 2, 2014 Subject:
Yeah, good SBD, but...
Listened to the first set & beginning of the second so far, and if this is the best that Nov. '84 had to offer (as the ratings would seem to indicate), then that had to be a pretty lackluster-at-best month.
2nd set: Do it in the Road: Really???
Parts of this show actually really suck. It wavers back and forth, but five stars? You gotta be kidding me!
December 10, 2013 Subject:
Wow this sbd is definitely up there as one of the BEST sounding sbds on the whole archive. PHIL sounds amazing.
My favorite part of this show is the blistering Stranger > Cumberland that opens set II.
December 26, 2011 Subject:
Miller's copy is the best! yet again!
New life to this already pretty decent sounding board!
Gotta love this quirky second set list.
In a year full of average shows, the Berkeley November run really reveals a small intimate side of the Dead that was often lost in daft large stadium shows. And thanks to Charlie's transfer, you feel like your there with the other lucky 3,500 people in winter of 84'.
Even the lovelight is standout, with a silly extended Bobby wrap!
BTW any show that opens with Alabama Getaway after 82' usually is a good sign.
December 25, 2011 Subject:
This recording is a bass lover's dream. Like a lot of other PCM soundboards from this era (7-22-84, for instance), this will give your subwoofers a workout. The performance ain't too bad, either!
July 29, 2011 Subject:
great show have to say I love the Jam>Drums>Space big fan of that and this is a good one
July 29, 2011 Subject:
This is a solid show.The sound is superb.I like the way Brent sounded in 84'It Must have Been The Roses> The Music Never Stopped is very nice in the 1st set.Feel Like A Stranger>Cumberland to open 2nd has a lot of energy.Love Brokedown Palace encores.Jerrys voice sounds pretty good through the entire show